easier said than done


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easier said than done

Cliché said of a task that is easier to talk about than to do. Yes, we must find a cure for cancer, but it's easier said than done. Finding a good job is easier said than done.
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easier said than done

less difficult to talk about than to do Gun control may be a good idea, but actually getting the guns out of the peoples' hands is easier said than done.
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easier said than done

something that you say when something seems like a good idea but it would be difficult to do The doctor says I should stop smoking but that's easier said than done.
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easier said than done

Also, more easily said than done. Describing something more readily talked about than accomplished, as in Keeping the cats off the sofa is easier said than done. This expression also was put as sooner or better said than done . Today, the variant ( more easily) is still heard less often than the original. [c. 1450]
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